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Roosevelt on Horseback in Colorado

November 30, 1904
Source: The Library of Congress

President Theodore Roosevelt was the nation's first conservationist President. He preached the need to preserve woodlands and mountain ranges as places of refuge and retreat and wanted the United States to change from exploiting natural resources to carefully managing them. Roosevelt identified the American character with the nation's wilderness regions, believing that our western and frontier heritage had shaped American values, behavior, and culture.

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